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Study Automotive Engineering at Unitec

Bachelor of Applied Technology - Automotive Engineering

Want to work in the automotive industry? Learn to keep pace with the rapid advances in automotive engineering and confidently apply your skills across a wide range of situations.

Level
7
Credits
360 (3.0 EFTS)
Campus
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Duration
Full-time for three years or part-time (day) options available

Programme overview

Keep pace with the advances in automotive technology and find out how international trends affect national decisions about automotive applications. Learn about transport efficiency and sustainability issues, and vehicle systems diagnosis. Learn to be innovative and gain the skills to confidently apply your knowledge in a wide range of situations. Develop an understanding of how to run a small business and manage projects. You’ll also improve your communication and problem-solving skills.

Highlights

  • Critical analysis is an important component of your study: compare and contrast existing automotive systems and modify them where applicable
  • Access to multiple well-equipped specialist workshops and laboratories
  • Access to a range of vehicles for project work
  • Undertake a major industry project in your final year where you can make valuable contacts for your future career in the automotive industry

Qualification pathway

Once you’ve successfully completed this programme you’ll receive the qualification: Bachelor of Applied Technology.

Exit qualification: Students who complete the first two years of this degree may exit the programme with the qualification: Diploma in Applied Technology (Automotive Engineering).

Admission requirements

For this programme you will need:

1. To have successfully completed a relevant Level 3 New Zealand Certificate or higher, or a comparable qualification in a relevant discipline or as approved by the Academic Leader.

2. 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori (4 in reading, 4 in writing).

3. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University Entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

If you do not have (1) above, we also accept entry by special or discretionary admission:

Special: 

  • Be 20 years on when you start this programme; AND
  • Demonstrate your practical abilities by providing a small portfolio of evidence as approved by the Academic Leader

OR

Discretionary: 

  • Be under 20 years old at the start of the programme; AND
  • Demonstrate your background of automotive engineering at this required level, as assessed and approved by the Academic Leader.*

*Note: If you are unsure whether or not you met the entry criteria, please Apply for this programme and we will contact you. These regulations have been updated in September 2018.

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2019; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Technology Skills 1 (APTE5101) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To introduce and develop effective skills for the investigations and learning required for studies in technology.
Courses Credits Aim
Sustainable Technologies (APTE6103) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to investigate sustainable technology principles and integrate this knowledge within a local context.
Technology Practice (APTE6104) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to investigate and apply systems of environmental resource management and sustainability
Courses Credits Aim
Industry Investigation (APTE7105) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the student to investigate an area of industry and to compose and present a formal research proposal.
Industry Project (APTE7106) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) To enable the student to conduct research within the context of an industry area
Courses Credits Aim
Technology Materials (APTE5201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the properties, performance and applications of common materials relevant to technologies.
Engineering Computer Aided Design (APTE5202) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop introductory knowledge and skills of Draughting and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) related to a particular technical discipline
Engineering Mechanics (APTE5203) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide students’ knowledge and skills to the application of mechanical engineering science principles in relation to their specific area of study.
Vehicle Power Transmission (APTE5501) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analytically examine the theoretical and practical aspects of vehicle transmissions and drivelines.
Automotive Electrical (APTE5502) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analytically examine the theoretical and practical aspects of vehicle electrical systems.
Brake Systems (APTE5503) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand principles, applications and procedures associated with vehicle brake systems.
Vehicle Body Design (APTE5504) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of principles of modern vehicles body design.
Spare Parts & Inventory Systems (APTE5507) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable the students to develop understanding of spare part concepts and inventory systems process and procedures.
Courses Credits Aim
Engineering Concept Modelling (APTE6201) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to use modelling and analysis techniques applicable to the areas of study.
Automotive Electronics (APTE6505) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analytically examine the theoretical and practical aspects of vehicle electronic systems.
Automotive Engine Design (APTE6506) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand principles, applications and calculations associated with automotive engine design
Steering and Suspension (APTE6507) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse theoretical and practical aspects of steering and suspension
Automotive Engine Dynamics (APTE6508) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand principles, applications and calculations associated with automotive engine dynamics.
Engine Management Systems (APTE6509) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse and evaluate a range of specialised principles and applications in the management of vehicle engines
Engine Fuels and Emissions (APTE6510) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse and evaluate a range of technology principles and consequences relating to engine management systems, engine fuels and vehicle emissions.
Automotive Professional Practice (APTE6511) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) The purpose of this course is to enable the student to discuss the operational requirements of an automotive workshop at level 6 .
Vehicle Design and Selection (APTE6513) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse different vehicle designs and to select proper vehicles for better business’s efficiency.
Road Transport Guidelines (APTE6514) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse the road transport guidelines and its application in business processes.
Vehicle Fleet Maintenance (APTE6515) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To discuss fleet operations, planning and the importance of fleet maintenance to minimize the impact of risks associated with vehicle investment.
International Trading and Customs Protocols (APTE6517) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop students conceptualization of international trade and customs in the development of New Zealand business while protecting its border.
Sensors and Wireless Communications (APTE6609) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) The purpose of this course is to enable the student to solve complex problems in electronics engineering through new technical knowledge, experiences and practices.
Digital Electronics and Applications (APTE6610) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) The purpose of this course is to enable the student to solve complex problems in electronics engineering through new technical knowledge, experiences and practices.
Power Electronics (APTE6613) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop an understanding of the concepts and applications of power electronics including basic converter types
Courses Credits Aim
Professional Business Management (APTE7207) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To study the strategic management of businesses in a sector, their business management models and practices.
Vehicle Failure Analysis (APTE7502) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse mechanical failures in vehicles and develop strategies for their prevention or minimization.
Vehicle Electronic Diagnosis (APTE7504) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to diagnose complex integrated faults and failures in the rectification of vehicle electronic faults and failure.

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Entry requirements

Minimum requirementsInfo Icon: 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 from a mix of subjects, 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Maths & English language requirements or relevant & equivalent qualifications, along with proof of work, also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.

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Student fees:  $6,514Info Icon $19,543Info Icon
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